St Mary's College Reconciliation Action Plan

Relationships Respect Opportunities

Vision for Reconciliation

As a community grounded in Veritas, we hold relationships at the heart of all we do and
live our identity most fully in the relationships we form. We are committed to nurturing
our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We are grounded in
history and place, acknowledging and respecting the First Nations peoples and their
ongoing spiritual connection and one-ness with this Land.

The community of St Mary’s College recognises the significance of reconciliation with
First Nations peoples through seeking truth and justice. We understand that
reconciliation is a deeply relational, ongoing, and reflective journey that requires our
community to engage in respectful dialogue.

We continue to be shaped by the people and values that formed us, including First Nations histories, cultures, and perspectives within our community. As such, we will be a community that: 

  • Creates a culture supporting and valuing diversity, belonging, and learning.
  • Is outwardly focused on a more just and compassionate world.
  • Lives out our Catholic Dominican identity through truth and justice, acknowledging and responding to the harm of the past.
  • Encourages all non-Indigenous people and all First Nations peoples to find agency and voice and their unique way of being in the world to empower them to challenge the ongoing injustices experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experience. 
  • Bravely grows in our understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, seeking opportunities to respectfully build this into learning within and beyond the classroom.

Acknowledgement of Country

written by the students of St Mary's College

As a community grounded in Veritas, we acknowledge and honour the Kaurna People, who have lived, walked, and experienced one-ness with this Land upon which our school is formed. We remember all Kaurna Ancestors and honour their wisdom and spirituality, passed down and kept alive through their sacred stories for thousands of years. We want to express our deep appreciation for and recognition of the stewardship and connection the Kaurna People demonstrate to this Country. We respond to this gift with the promise to cherish and protect this space in which we are blessed to learn and grow safely. We will care about this Land with humble and grateful hearts and through a continued community practice of prayer for, service to, and study of Kaurna Country. 

Reconciliation Action Plan

CLICK HERE to view St Mary's College's Action Plan and commitment.

We acknowledge that we live, learn and work on the traditional land of the Kaurna people.

We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land.

We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.


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